The other day one of my clients asked me why I eat so many fruits and vegetables, and why I tell him to do the same. After all, he didn't have a lot of fat to lose. But I told him it wasn't all about fat loss, of course, its also about fruits and vegetables preventing cancer.
Research from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California studied the food records of over 193,000 men and women and found that an incerase in fruits and vegetables intake specifically helped to reduce the incidence of colon cancer in men.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 88, No. 3, 730-737, September 2008
Surprisingly, there was no connection between fruits and vegetables and cancer risk. There aren't many guys out there eating too many fruits and vegetables. So I encourage you to increase your intake for your health's sake. Here's how I've increased my fruits and vegetable intake.
First, I've started eating raw broccoli and peppers alongside my morning omelet.
Second, I have fruit for my mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks (blueberries, apples, bananas, and even watermelon).
Third, I've added spinach to my lunches, by taking a can of Amy's Organic Chili, heating it, and pouring it over the spinach leaves.
And finally, my dinner revolves around a piece of chicken or steak surrounded by asparagus, broccoli, and avocado.
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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